Real mail, the kind that comes stamped, in an envelope, and is hand delivered to your mail box, is so much more than just words on a piece of paper or stuff in a box. To me, it’s an act of love, of someone sharing their precious time with you. Getting real mail has always been a treat but in today’s crazy busy world, where e-communication has taken over, it seems even more special.
With friends spread all over the country, spending time with those that I love, isn’t always possible. As much as I’d love to sit down and linger over a cup of coffee, take a meandering hike with or just share a simple hug it just isn’t always possible. So instead I’ve been making an effort to send more real mail, or love in an envelope, to let them know how important they are.
Of course, time is always limited. Every single one of us is busy and it’s easy to blow off a letter to another day. I’ve found myself using four simple tricks to keep myself from coming up with good excuses. Maybe these tricks will inspire you too!
1. Keep 2-3 fun notecards in a handy spot. For me this means stashed in my organizer. This always includes one Thank-You note.
2. Keep addresses current in my phone. If they aren’t current I find that a text message is a great way to reconnect with a friend who’s moved to a new place.
3. Keep stamps handy. Before getting a stamps.com account I was terrible about this. Now that I can print postage at home it seems so easy to have stamps on hand. Unfortunately they charge a monthly account fee so if you don’t ship a lot of stuff it can be hard to justify.
4. Use the wasted spare minutes to write notes. When I find myself having to wait for something, in a long line, for lunch to heat-up, or at the doctor’s office, I use those minutes that would otherwise be wasted to jot a quick note.
There ya have it. This doesn’t mean I send mail every day but these little tricks make it easier to send a little love to friends.